John & Anne Wiley

2011/12/08

Secret Shore

Flying along the coast is ordinary magic. Places we’ve walked, ridden bikes, and boated reveal themselves anew. The enchantment that shorelines have on human consciousness is expanded and enhanced when we fly low and slow along the beaches and bluffs. Having done that so much now in the last several years, for us it has become ordinary magic. Luckily for us, the magic itself is never ordinary. A constant feast of serene beauty flows past in a sedately moving panorama.

7950 Dume to SMO

7950 Dume to SMO

Point Dume in the foreground, past Santa Monica (KSMO) and into the haze of L.A. All along this path secrets are revealed. Patterns of kelp and sea floor appear in the ocean.

7961 Past Dume

7961 Past Dume

We see the patterns of human activity, and the way buildings, streets and cities fit in relation to one another.

7988 SMO to LA

7988 SMO to LA

Part of the magic is how flying along shores we’ve strolled takes us to new lands of memory, mingling past with present. There’s even a future element, as charming new spots like Venice beckon us to explore from ground and water level.

8005 Venice Grid

8005 Venice Grid

When we experience L.A. from the ground it usually involves a lot of time in traffic, enclosed in a metal cocoon and surrounded by concrete. From the air, it still has a romantic relationship with the terrain from which it emerged.

8020 L.A. Story

8020 L.A. Story

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